My grandparents grew up in a time and place when they knew exactly where their food came from: their own backyard. That kind of transparency seems almost unimaginable to me.
The carton of milk I buy might have been sourced from hundreds — or even thousands — of animals. The apples I carefully select tell me only the country or state in which they were grown. Even the fresh bread from my favorite local bakery is suspect; I know nothing about the flour, the seeds, or the hands that bring it to life. And I haven’t even gotten to processed food.
But let’s be honest: It’s pretty hard to avoid processed food entirely. Whether you’re talking about technicolored junk food or just canned veggies, it all contains additives that, at best, are unnecessary and, at worst, are downright harmful. Check out 11 common food additives many of us probably ingest quite often — and what they could mean for your health – in my new post on WiseBread.
In the United States, men can expect to live 76 years on average, while women tend to live for 81 years. Of course, both those numbers are just averages. In practical terms, what that means is that some people will live well in into their nineties, while others barely make it to their sixties.
I doubt I need to ask you which group you’d prefer to fall into. The good news is, we all have some measure of control over our lifespans, and we have a whole lot of control over our health. You can’t live forever, but how you choose to live day-to-day will determine whether you live as long as possible — and whether you’re fit and healthy enough to have a good time while you’re here. Check out 15 tiny changes that can make a big difference in my new post on WiseBread.com.
When it comes to making healthy choices, we all have a pretty good idea of what we should be doing. Of course, that doesn’t mean we always do it. Maybe you’re OK, and if you’re still young (or just really lucky), you might not perceive your health to be an immediate threat. But here’s the thing — making good choices for the sake of your health is one of the best investments you can make, especially for budget-conscious people. After all, many of the health moves that have the biggest impact are cheap — or even free. And the payoff — avoiding the grim reaper for years, or even decades — is about as good as it gets.
Want to live longer? Check out seven cheap ways to do it in my new post on WiseBread: http://bit.ly/Wf4vqy